A Valley sheriff's department is on the hunt for a car thief.
That car was stolen early Saturday morning, it was found earlier Monday morning. We were asked not to show you the automobile because of what it's used for.
The uncommon warmth of a low-hanging mid-autumn sun barely disturbs a seemingly common Monday morning.
"Stolen vehicles are pretty common to recover," Guntersville police chief Scott Walls says.
In fact, Guntersville police recover dozens per year. None, though, like the one found next to the dumpster outside a closed down beer outlet just off Highway 205, the end of the road in a long, bizarre journey starting just outside of Gadsden in Etowah County, where someone broke into a garage, stole that car, then took it for joyride, making the less-than-fifty-mile trip to Guntersville, most likely ditching it about the time that someone realized exactly what they'd stolen.
While that joyride came to a screeching halt at the old beer store, the investigation gets revved up a few miles across town.
Outside a local wrecker service, several police cars idle anxiously. Inside, several sheriff's deputies do the same. See, the car on the rollback belongs to the Etowah County Sheriff's Department, an unmarked unit property of the drug task force stolen from an agent's locked garage at his house.
"There's been some officers been victims of theft and stuff, I have," Drug Task Force Deputy Scott Entrekin explains. "But just minor thefts and stuff from your house, but nothing like this."
Nothing that ever interrupted a mid-autumn morning quite so strangely.